24 year old Adam is having his eyes tested at the optometrist for the first time. As the eye-chart blurs in front of him, he is struck by the memory of a high school English class when he cruelly mocked a short-sighted classmate, Jenny “Bat Eyes” Barrett.
The film explores the awkward confusion of first love/sex; how language – particularly poetry – can add meaning to everyday non-poetic life; and the power of a moment to stay with you for the rest of your life.
BAT EYES was developed by the Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp) as part of THE VOICES PROJECT.
THE VOICES PROJECT brings together the best of new monologue writing from atyp’s Fresh Ink emerging playwright program, and presents it on stage, on page, on film and online, giving voice to a new generation of Australian writers, theatre-makers, filmmakers and performers.
2011-Seaborn-Award-winning-playwright Jessica Bellamy worked with director Damien Power to adapted her monologue LITTLE LOVE for the screen. BAT EYES was shot in Sydney in December 2011. The film was shot back-to-back with VOICES PROJECT film, BOOT.
Both VOICES PROJECT films were directed by Damien Power and produced by Bec Cubitt, and used most of the same crew.